Oct. 23, 1923 - Sept. 24, 2012
Catherine Elizabeth "Betty" Hewlett, 88, passed away Monday at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown after complications of a 2009 stroke.
She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late John H. and Margaret L. McAllister.
Surviving are her loving husband, Jack; three sons: Robert and wife, Eileen, of Penfield, N.Y., John and wife, Gayle, of Harrisburg and James and wife, Susan, of Houston, Texas; and four grandchildren: Scott Hewlett and wife, Heather, Lindsay Principe and husband, Arthur, and Alicia and Kimberly Hewlett.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert L. McAllister, who was killed in action in WWII.
After high school, Betty earned a registered nurse degree from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh. She worked at Doctors Hospital in Washington, D.C., and enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during WWII. She later earned BS and MS degrees in clinical psychology from Penn State University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She worked as a clinical psychologist in Worthington, Minn., through the University of Minnesota.
While at Penn State, she met John O. "Jack" Hewlett, and they married in 1951. During her husband's medical training at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, she worked as a psychologist in Germantown and Bryn Mawr. In 1957, they moved to Hershey, where her husband practiced medicine. They were Hershey residents for 47 years before retiring to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2011.
Betty was a member of Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey for more than 50 years and served as an ordained deacon, elder and choir member. She was an active pastoral volunteer at the Hershey Medical Center and at Contact Harrisburg. She was a life member of Penn State and Presbyterian Hospital alumni associations. Her interests were reading, bridge, crossword puzzles, gardening and, above all, being a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey, the Rev. Dr. Richard Houtz and the Rev. Dr. Marie Buffaloe officiating. Interment will be in the Derry Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Derry Presbyterian Church or the Masonic Health Care Center, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.